Having universal design features and products in your home prevents accidents, increases comfort and safety, and enhances your independence. You can create a safe home for everyone, regardless of age, size, or ability. Universal design is meant to fit everyone and every lifestyle including:
• Families with young children
• Seniors who want to stay in their home as they grow older
• People who are taller or shorter than average
• People who have limited mobility or dexterity
• People with a permanent or temporary disability
Universal design concepts are present in all of our bathroom modifications. These concepts call for an environment to be accessible and usable by all people regardless of their age or physical ability level. In addition to making your bathroom more adaptable to your needs, these modifications are seamlessly integrated into the current design of your bathroom.
Here are just some of the ways we can add universal design elements to your bathroom:
Wider doors. Most bathrooms have a 30- or 32-inch-wide interior door. Universal design typically requires 32 inches of clear space when that door is opened. To accommodate that clear space, your door should be 36inches wide.
Grab bars. We recommend the placement of several grab bars on the wall of your bathtub or shower. If you or your loved one has limited mobility, we can determine how many grab bars you need, the appropriate sizes, and the optimal locations. Even if you are healthy now, it’s a good idea to add at least one grab bar—you can always add more later.
Lever-style door handles and faucets. Many older homes have twist-type doorknobs or handles. With universal design, lever-type handles are better as you age in place. Not only are they easier to use, but they’re more convenient for someone with limited dexterity.
Wall-mounted sinks.If you’re in a wheelchair,you need space at the sink to wash your hands or brush your teeth. A wall-mounted sink is your best option because it does not have a vanity cabinet or supporting legs underneath. Not only does this allow you to pull your wheelchair closer to the faucets, but it also makes it easy to clean the floors.
Touchless toilets. Toilets that provide you with a hands-free flush leads to less germs. We also suggest an ADA-compliant style toilet to accommodate those with limited mobility as well.
Are you thinking of renovating or making some simple changes to your bathroom to make it more accessible? We can help you. Village Craftsmen offers a THRIVE Bathroom Design Safety Program to not only help you age in place, but thrive in place. An in-home, experienced rehabilitation technician will:
* LISTEN to your concerns regarding bathroom safety
* ASSESS your bathroom with the Thrive Safety Protocol
* PROVIDE you with recommendations for your safety & fall prevention
* ARRANGE for a quote to install safety enhancements if you desire
To learn more - complete the form on this page or call 330-896-2000.